My fellow bloggers and some of my very accomplished classmates decided to collaborate to write about our best experiences about McCombs in the last two years.
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Blogger Morgan Simental used this opportunity to explore Texas and found ways to make the most of his adventures
Well the rollercoaster called the Texas MBA is now coming to an end. Like all roller coasters, when you first see it, you ask yourself, “How am I going able to survive that thing?” You get on and before you know it you’re going at light speed! There are definitely some highs and lows, twists and turns, flips and dips but all the while you have people right next to you with the same excitement that you have. Now it’s coming to a close and like all rides, the adrenaline is still pumping and you can’t help but want to get on again for one last ride. It has been truly an unbelievable experience that I will never forget and I push anyone to challenge themselves and make that step to get on the rollercoaster. I assure you, it will be worth it!
William Merchad joined McCombs just to work for the Investment Fund
The MBA Investment Fund is the oldest, and one of the largest, student-run mutual funds in the nation. It is THE #1 reason I chose to come to Texas and I have not been disappointed. If you are interested in Finance or Investment Management, this is the BEST education money can buy! “The Fund” is literally life-changing! The MBA Investment Fund, Venture Fellows, and the REIT Fund are truly “flag-ship” programs for McCombs.
Blogger Jany Xu had so many firsts
Graduation is right around the corner (as long as I’ve passed all my classes), and I’m already nostalgic looking back on some of my best first experiences. So without further interruption, here’s my list of firsts with my McCombs MBA. The McCombs MBA global trip to Argentina and Chile was my first trip to Latin America. From discussing current economic conditions with executives at Citibank and the Central Bank to historic tours of La Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron addressed her people to late nights eating our way through Puerto Madero, this trip was in one word, a blast. And of course, I got this posh picture out of it as well. Read the entire post here.
Sid Allen lived up to his dream of starting a new business
The highlight of my experience was Texas Venture Labs (TVL), which is the best entrepreneurial training around. Targeted at graduate students who want to start their own business, it has helped me enormously in my own endeavor, Escapaide, a recommendation engine for travelers. After I graduate, I’ll continue work as a TVL partner, which is a paid fellowship allowing me to continue building my company. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Kristina Hoock was a MAC co-chair. She helped to select the class of 2014
As graduation nears, and I think about my last two years at McCombs, I’m very happy to know that I have few regrets. One thing I definitely don’t regret is being a co-chair of the McCombs Admissions Committee, or MAC, as we affectionately call it. If you’ve ever come to McCombs for a class visit, information session, or Texas Friday event, you’ve interacted with the MAC – we are the student organization that represents the full-time MBA program to prospective students. The great thing about leading this group is that we’re all volunteers – that is, we all want to be there, talking about our experiences, and helping others through the MBA application process. Over the past two years, I have been consistently overwhelmed by how much my classmates love our program and love to talk about it.
Being on the MAC has been one of the absolute highlights of my MBA experience. It’s given me the opportunity to meet prospective students and help them get to the MBA program that’s right for them. It’s helped me to get to know my own classmates better. It’s given me the chance to get to know the wonderful staff in the Program Office. And finally, it’s allowed me to give back to the school that’s given me some of the best years I can remember. It will be hard to leave this place, but like any place you call home, I know that I’m welcome back any time, and I plan to visit often. HOOK ‘EM!
Sudamsh Reddy won a national case challenge
While researching about business schools, it was clear to me that McCombs would be a good fit if I wanted to be in Energy sector after my MBA. However, I had never heard of Austin before and I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by Austin when I came over here. The city is very casual and friendly, it is like a college town but with all the facilities of a city. Looking back at my two years, I am very happy with my decision to have come to McCombs for my MBA. Being a class size of around two-hundred and fifty, it is a tight knit community and the school provides lots of opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds. For instance, study groups in the first year are formed to include people for various geographic/cultural and professional backgrounds.
It is gratifying to have been a witness to the changing lives of so many talented individuals. Wherever we go, I know that our ties will be connected because of McCombs and UT. Thank you, McCombs School of Business for this fantastic experience. Congratulations, class of 2012, Hook’em!